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Reaction: Powell on Coventry Defeat

20 October 2018

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Chris Powell was left disappointed by more late drama as Coventry scored an injury-time winner to beat 10-man Southend 2-1 this afternoon at Roots Hall.

Jordy Hiwula’s first-half goal was just rewards for Coventry who were the better side for the majority of the contest before Tom Hopper levelled within six minutes of coming off the bench.

But after Simon Cox was sent off, The Sky Blues snatched the points when Jodi Jones’ strike was diverted in by Michael Turner, and after the game, the disappointed Blues boss gave us his thoughts.

On the poor first-half…

Our display in the first-half came from absolutely nowhere. We just didn’t get going, for whatever reason. We were very fortunate that it stayed at one because it gave us a chance to do something.

Obviously, we made one change at half-time because Ben Coker was on a yellow, he then had a tackle after that and obviously, that’s the sub-plot to what eventually happened in the second-half.

I have to make a change, but I would have made changes anyway, and then Tom Hopper comes on and gets us back in it and there’s a bit more purpose about us in the second-half.

Without even going into the last-minute goal and deflections and all that, the first-half cost us today. We were third-best, let alone second-best.

On the red card…

Tom took his goal brilliantly and then we have a sending-off; It should have been two [red cards].

I’ve spoken to the ref and he said he’s only seen it [Tom Davies’ challenge] once. I hadn’t seen it then, I’ve seen it now, and if someone tells me that’s just a yellow, that’s frightening. The ball is nowhere near [Sam Mantom] and the player goes through him. They’re saying he slipped - he didn’t slip, there’s no way he slipped.

Coxy gets booked, the second one they’re saying is late. In some ways you say, don’t put yourself in that area where the referee has a decision to make.

On another late goal…

We’re hanging on manfully trying to get a point which would have been great in the circumstances and it’s just a real, poor, sloppy goal. It hits one player, hits another, goes through someone’s legs - it’s just how it’s going for us at home.

I think if we had nicked a point, we would have nicked a point; it would have been an off day where you take something which a lot of teams like.

If you don’t perform well and you take something from the game, that’s progress, but it hasn’t happened and sadly for us, it’s the third time it’s happened in the last throws of a game – Charlton, Peterborough and now today.

I wanted to balance the squad and the team but obviously, it didn’t work. We made changes, gets us back in it but unfortunately for us it didn’t garner a point in the end. We’re going to move on now to Walsall on Tuesday. 

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